In the latest installment of the five-part Sports Illustrated expose of NCAA violations committed, within the Oklahoma State University football program, a report released online by the magazine Friday claims OSU student hostesses frequently had sexual relations with recruits during on-campus visits.
More than a dozen former OSU players told SI that members of Orange Pride, a group of female, OSU students, whose responsibilities included greeting and guiding recruits and their families around campus, had sex with prospective players or had knowledge of hostesses having sex with other recruits visiting the Stillwater, Okla., campus. However, no one who talked to SI said they knew of any coach or member of the athletic department telling these greeters to have sex with recruits.
LeRon Furr, a linebacker at OSU during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, told SI that there was a small group within the group who would sleep with the prospective players.
"Those girls knew that they had to show the players a good time and get them [to Oklahoma State]," Furr told SI. "Sex, going out, alcohol, smoking [marijuana]."
When asked by SI whether he was aware of hostesses and recruits having sex, LSU head coach Les Miles—who was the head coach at OSU from 2001-04—wrote in an email: "I am not aware of this ever happening and am quite sure that no staff member was aware of recruits sleeping with the group of students or any other students."
According to Sports Illustrated, “Hostess programs have been part of college football since the 1960s. Friendly, often attractive students greet recruits, usher them and their parents around campus and promote the virtues of the school. There have long been suspicions about sexual interactions. In 2004 public scandals at Colorado and other schools revealed that sex had been arranged for visiting prospects. Although no formal campus organization was implicated in those cases, several colleges shuttered their hostess programs or rechristened them with less suggestive names.”